These days, it’s all about getting the most value from your purchase, and smartphones are one market wherein the modern consumer really digs into detail, and wonders, is it worth every peso of the money I spent on it?
It’s a phone that wants to be a multimedia powerhouse with its huge display, and capable hardware. At the same time, it wants to be premium with how it looks and feels, But best of all, it doesn’t want to burn a huge hole in your wallet.
The question is, does it deliver?
|Display||6.59″ FHD+ TFT LCD|
|Rear Cameras||48MP Main|
|8MP Ultra Wide|
|OS||Android 9 + EMUI 9.1|
Its large footprint does make it a little tricky to hold and use with one hand, and those with smaller hands may find it even more cumbersome. Without using a case, the rear panel is also slightly slippery.
Speaking of the display, it’s a 6.59-inch screen with the usual FHD+ resolution. It’s a TFT display, so don’t expect very punchy colors. Despite that however, details are decent, text looks properly share, and color saturation is more that enough.
The Y9s runs on the same processor as the Y9 Prime – the Kirin 710F. Of course, a lot of you will probably argue that this chip is kind of outdated for a device in 2020, and that it should be running on the newer Kirin 810, and actually, I do agree, to an extent.
Its AnTuTu score puts it just below the HONOR 9, and ahead of the Samsung Galaxy A51. What’s interesting is that it’s also very close to the realme 3 Pro, which has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710.
The device packs 6GB of RAM, which is more than enough even for heavy multi-tasking, and an ample 128GB of storage.
For our gaming test, we used GameBench to measure median FPS and stability, as well as estimated uptime.
MLBB supports Ultra + HD Mode + HFR Mode, and even with all those settings ON, things are still pretty smooth and fluid. You’ll be able to play an estimated 26.8 hours of MLBB on this phone in a single charge.
Unfortunately, CoD Mobile only supports Low setting + Medium FPS, possibly due to the game not being optimized for the processor. The game is very much playable, but not as fluid as what you’ll get on higher FPS settings.
You’ll be able to play an estimated 13.4 hours of CoD Mobile on this phone in a single charge.
The Y9s packs a triple rear camera setup, which consists of a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.
This joint strikeforce of sensors makes the device highly adaptive to just about any scene. Need to get more in the frame? switch to the wide-angle camera. Need the most details? use the main sensor, need that convincing depth of field effect? use Aperture or Portrait Mode.
In fact, I found the optics in this phone as unexpectedly great, considering its price. You get plenty of details in every shot, there’s good exposure control, sharpness, and texture are also more than decent.
As for the depth of field effect, it’s not bad, it’s in fact, very convincing, and looks more refined than some other mid-rangers. You can also add good edge detection to the mix.
At the time of writing this review, our unit was running EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9, so you get the usual features that we’ve come to love.
Smart resolution lets the phone decide when to automatically reduce or increase screen resolution depending on what you’re doing. Digital Balance, which allows you to monitor app usage, restrict app access when you’re sleeping, and set your daily screen time.
You’re given the traditional suite of authentication methods, plus fingerprint (which works fast by the way). There’s no option for Face Unlock, which can be a letdown to some.
Performance-wise, the UI runs smooth and fluid when navigating home screens as well as menus. Opening apps are quick enough, and switching from one to the other is seamless.
Using PCMark’s Work 2.0 benchmark which simulates tasks such as data manipulation and basic video editing, the device managed to churn out a score of 12 hours and 33 minutes.